Reading and Communications Plus

Reading and Communications Plus is designed to build on prior reading skills, with an emphasis on comprehension. Students are guided to ask and respond to who, what, where, and why questions through various texts, movies, and conversations. They explore content through report writing and oral presentations on topics of choice within thematic units. Journals and other varied writing activities offer additional opportunities to practice writing skills, along with the process of formatting and editing in PowerPoint and Word documents.

Practical money handling skills and problem-solving also increases student’s math and reading comprehension.

Reading and Communication Plus draws on the expertise of DSRF’s speech and language therapists and occupational to support individual students succeed in the class.

The program is open to young adults 19-30. A minimum Grade One reading level is required, as well as functional expressive and receptive language skills. Students will be assessed upon entering the program, and progress reports will be completed at the end of the January term, with a final assessment completed at the end of the June term.

Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.

Client Agreement: Group Programs

Tuition Fees

Families have the option to pay the full fee at time of registration or pay the first month fee and provide post-dated cheques or credit card information for a monthly payment schedule, as outlined on the payment information form. Program withdrawals for group yearly programs must be made by September 30th and are subject to one month’s fee and a $150 administration fee. After September 30th, program fees are non-refundable

Student Progress

Informal assessments are used to evaluate students’ progress.  This information, along with regular communication with parents, is used to set individual and group program goals.

For more information on policies of specific programs or for any questions please contact Eleanor Stewart at 604-444-3773 x111 or